CITB pumps more cash into training sales staff

citbSkills chiefs are pumping more cash into non-trades training including money for sales and marketing staff at house builders.

The Construction Industry Training Board and Homes for Scotland have launched the £250,000 scheme to train non-trade employees.

The training money will go to “all areas involved in the production of new homes such as surveying, management and sales and marketing.”

The Homes for Scotland Professional Skills Fund will run from November 2016 to December 2017.

Michael Lennox, Strategic Partnerships Manager at CITB Scotland, said: “Scottish housebuilders told us that more needs to be done to address the range of skills challenges in the sector.

“Working with HFS, this investment is a step towards addressing that important issue and will boost technical and professional skills to ensure that we can build the homes that Scotland needs.”

Nicola Barclay, Homes for Scotland Chief Executive, said: “Ensuring we have enough homes for our growing population is absolutely fundamental not only to our country’s social well being but also its economic success.

“With every home built supporting four jobs, the employment potential is huge, so HFS is delighted to be partnering with the CITB to ensure all those working in our industry have training opportunities available to them.”

The CITB came under fire earlier this year when it emerged funding was being allocated for sales staff via the Home Builders Federation.

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